ELIZA and Ethan Kumnick have camped up and down Australia’s east coast, but it was Batemans Bay they wanted to return to.
If the Victorian six and two-year-old ruled the world, they would spend every summer camping on the foreshore, jumping in the water, riding their scooters, watching the New Year fireworks and going on carnival rides.
Luckily their parents, James and Kate, are of the same persuasion.
The Mornington Peninsula family made the long haul back to Batemans Bay on Monday after visiting last year.
“We went all the way up to Cooktown and this was one of our favourite spots,” Mrs Kumnick said.
“The kids wanted to come back for the fireworks.
“They loved it last year.
“The beach is safe here and it feels like a relaxing place.”
Mr Kumnick, a high school teacher, said last year’s road trip was wonderful, but Batemans Bay was a highlight.
“It was the kids’ first taste of a carnival atmosphere,” he said.
The couple has brought an air-conditioned caravan to the Batemans Bay Beach Resort, but holidays BC (before children) were rougher.
“We had a little two-man tent,” Mr Kumnick said.
“We had a picnic basket, a li-lo mattress, pillows and an esky.”
They have tried staying in a resort on Daydream Island, but “it is not for us”, Mr Kumnick said.
“We want the kids to experience life, see Australia and meet people.
“Within five minutes of arriving, they have made friends.”
Mrs Kumnick, a merchandiser for Bunnings, said they had “sacrificed other things about the house to give the kids experiences”.
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